Toronto-based, avant- garde artist Wrené aims to defy the constraints of conventional music and adopts a dark, ethereal, and surreal aesthetic with the release of her video, Hideous from her EP, Dark Matter. A follow up to her acclaimed album Live Wire, the EP delves deeper into raising awareness about and destigmatizing mental health issues. It offers her own unfiltered perspective and showcases an effortless mix between art-pop and experimental noise.
Wrené states, «Going into this, I wanted to create some representation of an all-consuming alien montress with insect qualities- as this is what I associate the song’s sound with visually. I was prompted by all of the textures and noise to choose the images I did, and I went with my intuition. The intention is somewhat of a reflection of some internal horrors such as shame, disgust, and sexual repression- something relentlessly eating away, becoming mangled and distorted. I think the overall meaning or story can be left to the interpretation of the viewer – what they take from it, or what they may project onto it is all valid! ».
She explains, «’Dark Matter’ is a 4 track EP that explores lyrical introspection paired with heavy noise, and a thematic motif of outer space. It is musically consisting of electronic textures, modular synths, distorted guitars, and manipulated strings. All of these elements, surrounding an emotive, and at times operatic vocal performance- contribute to an atmosphere that is eerie and vastly haunting. Each song is a representation of inner emotional turmoil, and the dialogue within- coming to light as a catharsis in times of social isolation. Dark-Matter is self-written, produced and performed. It features Devlin Flynn on guitar, backing screams/vocals, additional synth, and with mixing by Bernie Cisternas».
Through her unconventional song structure and experimentalism, Wrené straddles the line between reality and surrealism in her music and visual presentation. She is an actor, poet, producer, and vocalist fluent in many singing techniques. Wrené brings a unique sound to life through unorthodox musical arrangements and haunting vocal performance. Each song presents an atmosphere created by the addition of foley sounds, original samples, and subliminal messages. The integration of Pop melodies, Avant-garde instrumentation, and soulful vocals lend themselves to an ethereal soundscape, where the counterpoints of beauty and darkness coalesce.
«Hideous explores a world of contradictions. Wrené’s celestial alt pop vocals meet grinding electronics, while the lyrics marry sexual desire with fear and disgust. As the track begins with subtle pulsing beats and industrial textures, the lyrics veer into body horror». (Under Te Radar)
«The artist effortlessly oscillates between elements of EDEM and pop-rock for the project, while still maintaining her dark otherworldly aesthetic. Gaining our attention with the lead single Dark Matter, the artist further delves into the destigmatising of mental health and her own unfiltered perspective». (Wonderland)
«Each song presents an atmosphere created by the addition of foley sounds, original samples, and subliminal messages. The integration of pop melodies, avant-garde instrumentation, and soulful vocals lend themselves to an ethereal soundscape, where the counterpoints of beauty and darkness coalesce ». (The Big Takeover)
The track Dark Matter,
The track White Walls,